The Riverside.

1 Mowbray Street.
0114 2724633.

The Riverside Bar is increasingly a popular choice for Sheffield's discerning beer drinkers and creatives. While the British 'summer' may not always be our friend, the Riverside's large outside garden area overlooking the river approaches perfection for that heatinfused afternoon of drinking with mates.

The Riverside is the only 100% charity owned pub in Sheffield. As a result it keeps its prices low and its eyes on quality over quantity. You'll find no identikit lagers or stony faced Wetherspoons henchmen in here. The pub is owned by Sheffield-based non-profit PointBlank, who are committed to promoting local arts, music and creative activities. With this in mind, the Riverside opened its Shoe Box exhibition and live music space in the second storey of the pub. Home to such varied Sheffield champions as Singing Knives, Noise Upstairs and Signposts, among many others, this is an intimate space ideal for convening small communities of likeminded folk.

In the bar downstairs, you'll find a rotating weekly menu of beers, real ales and ciders hailing from all over the country, alongside large but affordable plates of quality pub food for soaking it all up with. Feel free to ask for a small taster of the draught beers on offer free of charge, so you can find the perfect sup. The downstairs bar area also plays host to a variety of regular live performance events, from the intimate Opus Acoustics every Thursday to live reggae and local DJ collectives at weekends.

Worth noting in your diary this month is the annual Riverside Arts and Music Festival on 11th-12th June, which will feature live performances from a variety of Sheffield bands as well as arts and crafts stalls, workshops and activities for the kids. The event is free and there will be a BBQ with locally sourced produce throughout, so bring the family down and make a day of it.

Our final word of Riverside advice is to check out the Phlegm mural commissioned recently by the pub. It covers the wall at the bank of the river, below the outside seating area. You'll catch it best from the bridge. Not a pub to be missed, but certainly one to be enjoyed.

The Bath Hotel.

66 Victoria Street.
0114 249 5151.

We return this month to our recent tradition of championing this city's excellent real ale pubs, with the attention turned this time to the Bath Hotel in town.

It is a common misconception that real ale is something that is confined to the cluster of cracking boozers in the Kelham Island area and a few locals spattered around the peripheries of town. In fact, this unassuming establishment is situated in a spot that thousands of people walk past every day without knowing it.

Just a stone's throw from the hubbub of West Street, the Bath Hotel is a welcoming sanctuary for those looking to ditch the toxic glow of blue WKD for an altogether more civilised bevvy. With a lovely atmosphere, friendly locals and not a glaring plasma screen in sight, the Bath is a great alternative to what we often associate with city centre drinking.

Sheffield produces a vast number of ales and they can be found all over the city, but where the Bath differs is in its choice of regional beers from neighbouring areas. They stock craft ales from the likes of Barnsley, Nottinghamshire and Lancashire, with the pump clips changing regularly, demonstrating the many benefits of being an independent free house.

The pub is run by Brian Johnson, a man described to us by a woman of good authority as "Sheffield's nicest publican". No small accolade, but having met the man himself it's hard to disagree. When talking about his place and the ales he offers it was clear that he is all you could hope for in a landlord, with an understated passion for his wares and a love for hospitality.

Pop in and say hello and be greeted like a friend of many years.

The Crucible.

55 Norfolk St.
0114 249 5999.
23rd June - 16th July.

It is a rare occasion that we have cause to print consecutive features on the same place, but in this case we have very good reason. Following his successes directing Enemy of the People and the David Hare classic Racing Demon, Sheffield Theatres Artistic Director Daniel Evans this time stars in the regional premiere of Alexi Kaye Campbell's critically-acclaimed debut The Pride.

The Pride was produced for the Royal Court Theatre Upstairs, winning The Critics' Circle Prize for Most Promising Playwright, the John Whiting Award for Best New Play and an Olivier Award for outstanding achievement in an affiliate theatre. Alongside Daniel's Oliver, The Pride sees the return of Claire Price as Sylvia and Jamie Sives as Philip, both no strangers to the hallowed Crucible boards. Advance tickets are available online and at the box office. This is one not to be missed.


405 Ecclesall Rd.
0114 268 3822.

We have been working with the wonderful Kuji for well over a year now and so we thought it about time for a frankly well overdue update of the goings on in probably the coolest shop in the world.

Kuji and Now Then are in many ways kindred spirits. Each month, they host a different featured artist in their window display. They support local artists by stocking their wares in store. They believe that integrity, quality and independence are the cornerstones of anything worth doing. Evolution is the real key word when describing Kuji, with the shop and its online counterpart constantly being tweaked and improved. Their latest venture features a unique range of affordable t-shirts designed by emerging artists under the banner of TeeBag. Each design is a strictly limited edition, so get on it sharpish.

Singing Knives.

10th June, 8pm.
The Riverside.
£4 (£3 concs).

Singing Knives Records are putting on gigs all over the place at the moment, but the next instalment will bring Bradford's psychedelic finest The Family Elan to the Riverside on Mowbray Street for the princely sum of just four quid. Drawing inspiration from age-old Azerbaijani traditions, as well as more contemporary influences, this one is bound to knock your socks off. Support comes from Argentinian noise mentalist Eye, and Very Rich Lexicon from Hull.

If you haven't had enough, their gig on 9th July will host Part Wild Horses Mane On Both Sides, Helhesten, Zweiters and White Death.

Wilkinson St Physio

81 Wilkinson St.
0114 276 1997.

The often daunting prospect of receiving treatment that requires you to disrobe and be manhandled by a stranger is only made worse by the bleak backdrop of a hospital ward.

Enter Wilkinson Street Physio. From the moment we were welcomed through the door it felt more akin to the living room of a country house than a clinic. It also quickly became clear from chatting with Physiotherapist Thomas Mitchell that the patients here are a lucky bunch. The team go to great lengths to ensure that every person is treated with care and respect, tailoring each programme of treatment to the individual's needs. The team are all internationally renowned practitioners with exactly the right attitude to their work, so give them a call and have that nagging pain melt away in style.


8th - 12th June.
Showroom Box Office: 0114 275 7727.

Sheffield Doc/Fest is the UK's biggest documentary event, hosting scores of films, interviews, Q&A sessions and talks with key industry figures. Previously held in November, it has now been moved to the slightly sunnier month of June. During the second week of the month, Doc/Fest will put on 79 feature films, 28 shorts, eight cross-platform films, two surprise screenings and one installation in venues like the Showroom, Hallam Hubs, the Lyceum, the Crucible, the Odeon and Devonshire Green.

There is far, far too much to mention here, but go and see the new Werner Herzog film, Cave of Forgotten Dreams, on Dev Green on 11th June. Visit the site for more details and order tickets at the Showroom.

PV Workshop.

30th June.
The Edge Conference Facility.

For those of you who are thinking of buying solar panels or are simply interested in the application of photovolataics, this is the event for you. Find answers to your queries about set up costs, income benefits and reducing your carbon footprint courtesy of the University of Sheffield Solar Farm project.

Workshops run between 10am and 5pm, with an evening session between 7pm and 9pm. The day will give attendees the opportunity to talk to potential suppliers and independent experts. Also in appearance will be a keynote speaker from the Fraunhofer Institute in Germany.

For more information or to register your interest, email